Germany claimed to have sunk the aircraft carrier HMS Ark
Royal. Winston Churchill claimed that
Britain was winning the U-Boat war. In
Poland the German Eighth Army joined the attack on Warsaw. In France the Communist Party was abolished.
Game day 26: China fights back
3rd Infantry Corps marched east from Singkiang and 2nd Infantry Corps in Kwangtung moved north towards Peking. The weakened 1st Mongolian Infantry Corps marched south shadowing the Japanese movement. There were no engagements.
In Germany, Hitler ordered increased attacks on allied
shipping and a swift end to the war in Poland.
Bread and flour rationing began.
Game day 25: Japan strikes south.
While 1st and 2nd Infantry Corps,
supported by fighter aircraft, attacked the 1st Chinese Infantry
Corps in Manchuria, 3rd Infantry Corps left Osaka, escorted by a
Battle in Manchuria: 8 Infantry attacks at 1 and 6 Fighter attacks at 3 resulted in 6 hits. The Chinese defended with 5 defends at 3, scoring 4 hits. Both the 1st Chinese Infantry Corps and the 1st Japanese Infantry Corps were eliminated, and the 1st Japanese Fighter Group lost one third of its aircraft in the attack. Japan was again in undisputed possession of “Manchukwo”.
French artillery bombarded German positions. The French Air Force bombed the Zeppelin
works at Friedrichshafen. The U-boat
campaign in the North Atlantic began with the sinking of two ships. Polish government officials were interned in
Game day 24: Britain strikes back
The first convoy reached the coast of Newfoundland. 1st Canadian Infantry Corps moved
towards Halifax to embark for Britain. 1st British armoured Corps
disembarked in France.
2nd RAF Fighter Group was transferred to Scotland
to join the Carrier Flotilla.
The 3rd Battleship Flotilla sailed from Scapa
Flow into the North Atlantic to confront the German Fleet and 3rd
Fighter Group attacked the German Submarines off the East Coast.
Navy: 5 attacks at 4; 3 hits.
Kriegsmarine: 6 defends at 4; 5 hits.
3rd RN Battleship Flotilla was wiped out for the loss of half
the German ships.
Air attack: 6 attacks at 3; 1 hit. Submarines: 6 defends at 2; no hits. One submarine was sunk.
Apologies for the enforced delay to my reports. I prepared everything I needed to post daily from a field in Oxfordshire while away from home, but found that WordPress is unmanageable on an I-Phone. Text overlaps, categories and tags are almost impossible to access. Therefore here is the “catch-up” post for the previous five days. Fortunately in the game not much happened until 23rd September.
19th September 1939
The Russian and German armies met at Brest-Litovsk. Poland was now officially divided between the
two major powers and once again ceased to exist as an independent country.
Game day 19: Norway.
20th September 1939
The first battle between the RAF and the Luftwaffe. Two Fairey Battles and one ME109 were shot
French Prime Minister Deladier resigned.
Game day 20: Finland
21st September 1939
Reynaud succeeded Deladier as Prime Minister of France. Romanian Prime Minister Calinescu was
assassinated by the fascist Iron Guard.
Game day 21: USA
22nd September 1939
Russians captured Lwow and Bialystok.
Game day 22: USSR
1st Ukranian Infantry Corps moved into Poland. 1st Fighter Group was moved into
Ukraine in support.
23rd September 1939
German Jews were forced to surrender their wireless sets.
Game day 23: German navy breaks out.
The 1st Battleship Flotilla moved into the North
Atlantic. 1st Submarine
Flotilla attacked the British naval base at Scapa Flow. 6 Sneak attacks at 2; 2 hits. No defence is possible against a sneak
attack. The Submarines then withdrew.
2nd Submarine Flotilla moved south towards the
English Channel. The 2nd
Battleship Flotilla moved to the middle of the South Atlantic.
2nd Armoured Corps captured Warsaw. 3rd Polish Infantry Corps was
caught between 2nd German Armoured Corps and 3rd German
Infantry Corps, supported by 1st Fighter Group, and 1st
Bomber Group. Bombing attack. 6 attacks at 4; 4 hits. Fighter attack. 6 attacks at 3; 2 hits. 2nd
Armoured Corps. 6 attacks at 3; 5 hits.
3rd Infantry Corps. 2 attacks at 1; 1 hit. Total 12 hits. Polish infantry defence. 3 defends at 2; no
hits. Polish 3rd Corps was
1st Armoured Corps and 2nd Infantry
Corps, supported by 2nd Fighter Group, attacked 2nd
Polish Infantry Corps. Fighter attack. 6
attacks at 3; 3 hits. 1st
Armoured Corps. 4 attacks at 3; 2 hits.
2nd Infantry Corps. 4 attacks at 1; 1 hit. Total 6 hits.
Polish defence. 3 defends at 2; 2 hits.
The Polish army was eliminated and the capital captured.
In Poland, the battle of the Bzura ended with 170,000 Polish prisoners. Polish Cypher Bureau members arrived in Paris with the German “Enigma” cypher codes. The Polish government fled to Rumania, where they were interned. William Joyce (“Lord Haw-Haw”) was employed by German radio.
Game day 18: Italy
Italy took no action. Historically Mussolini believed that the country would not be ready for a major war until 1943.